• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to flood damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect access to the visitor center or the cave.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Mosses and Liverworts

The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae, and spikemoss.
The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae and spikemoss.
NPS Photo by Renée West
 
The park’s mosses and liverworts are part of the living soil crusts, as described under Lichens.

Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.